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Marine Corps Struggle with CH-53K Pricing

Marine Corps Struggle with CH-53K Pricing

The Marine Corps is working together with Sikorsky to bring down the price of their new CH-53K helicopter. The CH-53K is in production to replace the Corps’ CH-53E helicopters. Although currently, the price is sitting at $95 million per helicopter, it has the potential, due to cost growth, to accumulate to $122 million. The Marine… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Mar-17

US Marines demonstrate longer range UH-1Ys and AH-1Zs with auxiliary fuel tanks

US Marines demonstrate longer range UH-1Ys and AH-1Zs with auxiliary fuel tanks

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 used new auxiliary fuel tanks to fly the AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters farther than ever, during flights based from Okinawa, March 10-14. The helicopters demonstrated a 25% range increase, according to Capt. Christopher Millar, a UH-1Y Venom pilot with HMLA-267, a squadron deployed to Okinawa from Camp… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 23-Mar-17

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Lockheed Martin Awarded $150 Million to Continue Production of Target Sight System

Lockheed Martin Awarded $150 Million to Continue Production of Target Sight System

The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division, has awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] $150 million in follow-on production contracts to provide the U.S. Marine Corps with the Target Sight System (TSS) for the AH-1Z “Viper” attack helicopter. Under the contracts, Lockheed Martin will produce TSS Lot 13 and Lot 14. The award also contains options… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 22-Feb-17

MV-22 Ospreys in Japan continue flight operations

MV-22 Ospreys in Japan continue flight operations

MV-22 Ospreys with 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force will continue flight operations today. “We have conducted a thorough, careful and exhaustive review of MV-22 aviation safety procedures and briefed Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials,” said U.S. Forces, Japan Commander Lt. Gen. Jerry P. Martinez. “While the investigation is… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 20-Dec-16

US Marines Want Armed Drone ASAP to Escort V-22 Osprey

US Marines Want Armed Drone ASAP to Escort V-22 Osprey

The US Marines hope that when their V-22 Ospreys are airborne in 10 years, they will be escorted by a high-speed armed drone. The drone project, MUX (MAGTF Unmanned eXpeditionary) will be used as a temporary solution, until the FVL (Future Vertical Lift) project can take flight, replacing present helicopters with faster, manned VTOL aircraft…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 15-Dec-16

Helipad Construction for le Jima Auxiliary Airfield

Helipad Construction for le Jima Auxiliary Airfield

le Jima Auxiliary Airfield tendered land in 2013 for four quadrilateral helipads, as well as two unpaved helipads. Construction on the project began in August this year. As reported by Ryukyu Shimpo, the construction plans were laid out in the 2015 U.S Marine Corps Aviation Plan. The U.S Military hopes to have the project completed… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-16

V-22 Workload for Bell, after layoffs

V-22 Workload for Bell, after layoffs

Bell is happy to report that although five staff members were let go recently due to market flux, their Amarillo facility is still the “centre of excellence for military aircraft assembly.” They are currently producing 20 V-22 a year, with officials stating that they are good on budget and ahead of schedule. They had a… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Nov-16

CH-53K King Stallion successfully completes initial operational testing

CH-53K King Stallion successfully completes initial operational testing

The U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion helicopter completed its two-week initial operational test period, called OT-B1, Oct. 19 at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. OT-B1 included multiple external lift scenarios of 27,000 lb. (12,200 kg) in-hover and 12,000 lb. (5,422 kg) 110 nautical mile radius missions. Ground events included embarkation/debarkation… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 27-Oct-16

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CH-53K King Stallion Passes Initial Operational Testing

CH-53K King Stallion Passes Initial Operational Testing

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed initial operational testing by the U.S. Marine Corps to verify the key capabilities of the heavy lift helicopter. The week-long operational assessment by Marine Corps pilots, aircrew and maintainers marked an important step in support of a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Milestone… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 25-Oct-16

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Bell Boeing awarded $80M delivery order for V-22 work

Bell Boeing awarded $80M delivery order for V-22 work

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded $80,250,156 for modification of delivery order 0006 under a previously awarded contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft.  This is the final year of performance on a five-year, no option performance based logistics contract.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 25-Aug-16

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USMC to upgrade all 147 CH-53E helicopters

USMC to upgrade all 147 CH-53E helicopters

U.S. Marine Corps has begun a full reset of its CH-53E Super Stallion heavy lift helicopters, an effort aimed at significantly increasing the number of operationally fit aircraft and addressing systemic issues, which in recent years drove the platform’s readiness level to unsustainable depths. The issue first came to light following the January 2014 crash… Read more »

Source: USMC, 11-Aug-16

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V-22 flies with 3D printed, safety-critical parts

V-22 flies with 3D printed, safety-critical parts

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) marked its first successful flight demonstration of a flight critical aircraft component built using additive manufacturing (AM) techniques, July 29. An MV-22B Osprey completed a test flight outfitted with a titanium, 3-D printed link and fitting assembly for the engine nacelle. This link and fitting assembly is one of four… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 08-Aug-16

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New commanding officer at MCAS Cherry Point

New commanding officer at MCAS Cherry Point

A new commander took charge of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point during a change of command ceremony in front of Marines, sailors, families, friends and other honored guests here, July 28. Colonel Todd Ferry assumed command of MCAS Cherry Point from Col. Chris Pappas III on the headquarters parade field. The change of command… Read more »

Source: USMC, 31-Jul-16

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Seyer Industries awarded $27M V-22 support contract

Seyer Industries awarded $27M V-22 support contract

Seyer Industries Inc.,* St. Peters, Missouri, is being awarded a $27,316,194 fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide support equipment for the V-22 in support of the Navy and Air Force. Parts to be procured include support equipment, spare parts and assorted adapters, kits and assemblies. Work will be performed at St. Peters, Missouri, and is expected… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jul-16

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VH-92A Presidential Helicopter completes Critical Design Review

VH-92A Presidential Helicopter completes Critical Design Review

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced the successful execution of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Critical Design Review (CDR), signaling the program is ready to proceed to assembly, test and evaluation. The joint Sikorsky/Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) VH-92A helicopter program team met in July with key collaborators from government and industry for an… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 25-Jul-16

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Four MV-22 Ospreys to be built for Japan

Four MV-22 Ospreys to be built for Japan

The following statement from the US Dept of Defense yesterday indicates that four MV-22 Ospreys are to be built for Japan, with the wording carefully crafted due to the way that the Far Eastern country had regarded their defence operations since 1954 – for example, they use “Air Self-Defence Force” in place of “Air Force”… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 20-Jul-16

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Bell-Boeing wins $74M order for one V-22 for US Navy

Bell-Boeing wins $74M order for one V-22 for US Navy

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $73,939,536 for modification P00053 to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target multi-year contract (N00019-12-C-2001).  This modification provides for the manufacture and delivery of one CV-22 tilt rotor aircraft for the Air Force pursuant to the variation in quantity clause.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Jul-16

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Lockheed Martin awarded $40M contract for MH-60R software product improvement

Lockheed Martin awarded $40M contract for MH-60R software product improvement

Lockheed Martin Corp., Owego, New York, is being awarded a $40,382,466 cost-plus-incentive-fee delivery order 4019, against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0019), for non-recurring engineering efforts in support of the MH-60R aircraft for the integration of software product improvement.  These services are in support of the U.S. Navy and the Government of Australia.  Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-16

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CH-53K King Stallion Achieves 27,000 Pound External Lift

CH-53K King Stallion Achieves 27,000 Pound External Lift

Lockheed Martin today announced the CH-53K King Stallion successfully completed an external lift of a 27,000 pound payload at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Test Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. The aircraft executed an “out of ground effect” (OGE) external load test at 100 feet above the ground while performing hover maneuvers to demonstrate its excellent… Read more »

Source: CH-53, 24-Jun-16

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V-22 being tested as fixed-wing replacement for US Navy vertrep work

V-22 being tested as fixed-wing replacement for US Navy vertrep work

In preparation for the planned replacement of the C-2 Greyhound, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received a V-22 Osprey from Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 1 for landings and takeoffs, June 12. The V-22 is being tested and evaluated as it is scheduled to become the singular logistics platform on an aircraft carrier… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 22-Jun-16

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CH-53K load testing continues with 20,000 pound lift

CH-53K load testing continues with 20,000 pound lift

The U.S. Marine Corps has confirmed that the CH-53K has completed its first external load flight test carrying a 20,000 lb. load.  The achievement was made on May 26 at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Envelope expansion tests are continuing with incrementally increasing speeds with the 20,000 load, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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MV-22 air-to-air refueling role confirmed

MV-22 air-to-air refueling role confirmed

At the end of last week, the US Dept of Defense confirmed a $58.7M delivery order for non-recurring engineering and logistics services in support of the development and integration of the V-22 aerial refueling system for the MV-22.  Work will be predominantly be performed in Davenport, Iowa and Boeing’s plant at Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Aurora tests new Autonomous system for US Marine Corps

Aurora tests new Autonomous system for US Marine Corps

Aurora Flight Sciences tested new capabilities of the Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System in Bealeton, Virginia, May 25, 2016.  The AACUS is an autonomy applique kit that enables operations of full-scale rotary-wing aircraft in and out of austere landing zones, tactically, with little human assistance. “We know how to make things fly, we’ve been doing it… Read more »

Source: USMC, 31-May-16

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Parker Hannifin awarded $8.5M more for V-22 aircraft heat stack assemblies

Parker Hannifin awarded $8.5M more for V-22 aircraft heat stack assemblies

Parker Hannifin Corp., Irvine, California, has been awarded a maximum $8,537,278 modification (P00071) to a five-year base contract (SPE4AX-14-D-9413), with one five-year option period for V-22 aircraft heat stack assemblies. This is a firm-fixed-price, requirements contract. Location of performance is California, with a July 31, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Air Force…. Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-May-16

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Pair of unmanned K-Max helicopters arrive at MCAS Yuma

Pair of unmanned K-Max helicopters arrive at MCAS Yuma

The Marine Corps’ first two Kaman K-MAX Helicopters arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. May 7, 2016. The Kaman K-MAX Helicopter is very unique in many different ways, such as its purpose and design. It is a helicopter with interlinking rotors whose primary mission is to provide cargo load operations with a maximum… Read more »

Source: USMC, 09-May-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded a further $55M for V-22 repairs

Bell-Boeing awarded a further $55M for V-22 repairs

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded $55,000,000 for modification of delivery order 0006 to previously awarded contract N00019-09-D-0008 for the repair of various parts on the V-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80 percent); and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20 percent), and will be completed by December 2017. … Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-16

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $8.7M for V-22 computer frequency generator repair

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $8.7M for V-22 computer frequency generator repair

Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $8,696,829 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7011 under a previously awarded long-term contract (N00383-12-D-011N) for the repair of the computer frequency generator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines) and CV-22 (Air Force).  Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and is expected to be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 11-Apr-16

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Second CH-53K joins flight test program

Second CH-53K joins flight test program

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company (NYSE: LMT), today announced the second CH-53K helicopter has joined the flight test program and achieved first flight. In addition the first aircraft into the test program has achieved flight envelope expansion to 120 knots for the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter program. “Adding a second aircraft… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 15-Mar-16

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Sikorsky awarded $7.9M contract modification for VH-92A Presidential program

Sikorsky awarded $7.9M contract modification for VH-92A Presidential program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, is being awarded $7,912,270 for modification P00022 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target contract (N00019-14-C-0050) for integration of formation lighting into the VH-92A Integrated Air Vehicle in support of the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program.  Efforts will include the design, development, qualification/certification, documentation, and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 10-Mar-16

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Super Stallion is worn out, says report

Super Stallion is worn out, says report

The internal military report leads with a warning, typed in bold: If called to war tonight, the Marine Corps could only meet operational demands by deploying nearly every heavy-lift transport helicopter remaining in its inventory. See Full Story

Source: Pilot Online, 26-Feb-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $8.3M order for MV-22 TCAS

Bell-Boeing awarded $8.3M order for MV-22 TCAS

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $8,332,880 for cost-plus- fixed-fee, firm-fixed-price delivery order 0113 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the MV-22.  This order is for the non-recurring engineering efforts to retrofit the MV-22 with the Traffic Collision Avoidance System.  Work will be performed at Ridley Park,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Feb-16

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Rolls-Royce awarded $117M order for 50 AE1107C engines for V-22

Rolls-Royce awarded $117M order for 50 AE1107C engines for V-22

Rolls-Royce Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana, is being awarded a $117,748,728 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0007) to exercise an option to procure 50 AE1107C engines and associated spares in support of the MV-22 aircraft for the Marine Corps (38) and the government of Japan (12).  Work will be performed in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 16-Feb-16

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MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 supported the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in a fire fighting exercise aboard Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, California, Feb. 11.  The Marines with VMM-165 flew out to Diamond Valley Lake on Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base in an MV-22B Osprey to perform bucket dips… Read more »

Source: USMC, 15-Feb-16

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HMLA-169 pilots remembered with new memorial

HMLA-169 pilots remembered with new memorial

Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 unveiled a memorial honoring two Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169 pilots at the Strategic Expeditionary Landing Field, Jan. 23, 2016. The support squadron built the memorial to commemorate Maj. Elizabeth Kealey, pilot, and Capt. Adam Satterfield, co-pilot, and unveiled the project on the anniversary of the pilots’ passing following… Read more »

Source: USMC, 12-Feb-16

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HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI campaigns to protect veteran benefits

HAI and six other general aviation associations are sending a letter to the leadership of both parties in the U.S. House of Representatives first thing Tuesday morning, warning that a bill up for a vote by the full House on Tuesday or Wednesday — H.R. 3016 — will break a promise made to veterans. Buried in the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 11-Feb-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $20M more on V-22 flight test contract

Bell-Boeing awarded $20M more on V-22 flight test contract

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded a $20,809,451 cost-plus- fixed-fee modification to a previously issued delivery order (0122) placed against a basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the MV-22.  This modification exercises an option for flight test sustainment support including test planning and execution, flight clearances, and technical reviews. Work will… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-16

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Bell-Boeing awarded $11M more on V-22 training device contract

Bell-Boeing awarded $11M more on V-22 training device contract

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded an $11,314,491 cost-plus- fixed-fee modification to a previously issued delivery order (0090) placed against basic ordering agreement N00019-12-G-0006.  This modification to exercise options for common software support for the MV/CV-22, and training and training device support for the MV-22 aircraft.  Work will be performed at Philadelphia,… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 31-Jan-16

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HMX-1 seeks to recruit new Marines

HMX-1 seeks to recruit new Marines

Marines attended a Marine Helicopter Squadron One recruiting brief at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 14, 2016. HMX-1 is responsible for direct helicopter support of the White House, which includes supporting the president, vice president, secretary of defense, secretary of the Navy, commandant of the Marine Corps and all visiting heads of state… Read more »

Source: USMC, 22-Jan-16

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $9M delivery order for V-22 frequency generator work

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $9M delivery order for V-22 frequency generator work

Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $8,974,879 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7010 under previously awarded long-term contract N00383-12-D-011N for repair of the constant frequency generator used on the V-22 aircraft in support of both MV-22 (Marines), and CV-22 (Air Force). Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and is expected to be completed by… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 30-Nov-15

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USMC Museum at Quantico to close for three months

USMC Museum at Quantico to close for three months

The soaring glass spire of the National Museum of the Marine Corps rising above the tree line along I-95 has caught the eyes of countless drivers since the 2006 opening of the Museum outside Quantico. Now, a massive project to double the size and complete the award-winning Museum is attracting attention of commuters and travelers… Read more »

Source: Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 30-Nov-15

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V-22 to be tested with French Aircraft Carrier

V-22 to be tested with French Aircraft Carrier

On September 28, 2015, the French Navy Naval Aviation Practical Experimentation Center (centre d’expérimentations pratiques de l’aéronautique navale – CEPA) validated during a closing conference the interoperability between Mistral class LHDs and the Boeing V-22 Osprey tilt rotor aircraft. See Full Story

Source: Navy Recognition, 09-Nov-15

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Sikorsky details completion of some Presidential VH-92A milestones

Sikorsky details completion of some Presidential VH-92A milestones

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced today the successful completion of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Preliminary Design Review (PDR), completion of the integration and performance testing of mission communications system (MCS) components, and Sikorsky’s acceptance of the second S-92A™ aircraft for the program. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX)…. Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 06-Nov-15

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First flight of Sikorsky CH-53K

First flight of Sikorsky CH-53K

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX),  today announced the successful first flight of the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K King Stallion heavy lift helicopter protoype, known as Engineering Development Model-1 (EDM-1). The 30-minute flight signals the beginning of a 2,000-hour flight test program using four test aircraft. “EDM-1’s first flight signifies another major milestone… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 27-Oct-15

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MCAS Cherry Point conducts final DOD H-46 flight

MCAS Cherry Point conducts final DOD H-46 flight

With the heavy thump-whump of spinning rotors, the end of an era was signaled at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, with the takeoff of the Department of Defense’s last flying H-46 helicopters Sept. 26. One of the three remaining HH-46E search and rescue models of the venerable war machine, commonly known as… Read more »

Source: USMC, 28-Sep-15

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Bell-Boeing awarded $20.8M for MV-22B Block C work

Bell-Boeing awarded $20.8M for MV-22B Block C work

Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office, Amarillo, Texas, is being awarded $20,879,917 for cost-plus- fixed-fee delivery order 0112 against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-12-G-0006) in support of the MV-22.  This order provides for non-recurring efforts for the development, qualification test, integration, airworthiness substantiation, flight test demonstration and validation/verification of the unique configuration into MV-22B Block… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-15

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Sikorsky awarded $16.3M for five VH-3D cabin interiors

Sikorsky awarded $16.3M for five VH-3D cabin interiors

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $16,378,859 delivery order against a previously issued basic ordering agreement (N00019-14-G-0004) for five cabin interior kits, updates to the validation kits install and tooling in support of the VH-3D cabin interior and environmental control system redesign program to reduce the total gross weight of the aircraft and… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 27-Sep-15

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New commandant at US Marine Corps

New commandant at US Marine Corps

Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller today assumed command of the Marine Corps from Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., as Dunford prepares to become the 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During the passage of command ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Dunford is a respected leader who is… Read more »

Source: USMC, 25-Sep-15

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Bell awarded $581M contract for UH-1Y, AH-1Z for both USMC and Pakistan

Bell awarded $581M contract for UH-1Y, AH-1Z for both USMC and Pakistan

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, is being awarded a $581,113,421 modification to definitize a previously awarded advance acquisition contract (N00019-13-C-0023) for the manufacture and delivery of 15 Lot 12 UH-1Y, 19 Lot 12 AH-1Z, one Lot 13 UH-1Y and 21 auxiliary fuel kits for the Marine Corps and government of Pakistan.  The aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 08-Sep-15

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02-Sep-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Camp Lejeune, US-North Carolina (1F)

Hard landing while conducting Helicopter Rope Suspension Techniques (HRST) training in a landing zone at Stone Bay, a satellite training area aboard Camp Lejeune.  About 20 Marines from Virginia and North Carolina were participating  in night training that requires them to exit through the back of a helicopter using suspended ropes. The rappelling and fast-rope… Read more »

02-Sep-15

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Construction underway on simulated Landing Helicopter Dock for USMC

Construction underway on simulated Landing Helicopter Dock for USMC

Construction is underway on a simulated Landing Helicopter Dock aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. When completed, the dock will be located on the MCAS Beaufort flight line. An LHD is a classification for amphibious assault ships which are capable of landing helicopters or vertical take-off and landing-capable jets like the F-35B Lightning II. These… Read more »

Source: USMC, 06-Aug-15

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New commander at 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

New commander at 1st Marine Aircraft Wing

Brigadier Gen. Russell A. Sanborn assumed command of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force from Maj. Gen. Steven R. Rudder at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan, July 30, 2015. Sanborn commissioned into the Marine Corps in May 1986 after graduating from the University of Florida. His previous assignment was director of… Read more »

Source: USMC, 04-Aug-15

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Bell-Boeing awarded $64M contract for V-22 parts

Bell-Boeing awarded $64M contract for V-22 parts

Bell Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded a $64,227,368 contract modification to a previous basic contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for various repair parts for the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80 percent); and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20 percent), and will be completed by December 2017. No funds will be… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 04-Aug-15

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Final flight for CH-46 Phrog with USMC

Final flight for CH-46 Phrog with USMC

The Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight conducted its first flight August 1962 and on August 1, 2015, the Sea Knight made its final flight to the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia. The ceremony was conducted by Marines from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774, 4th Marine Aircraft… Read more »

Source: USMC, 04-Aug-15

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HMM-165 celebrates 50 years of aviation

HMM-165 celebrates 50 years of aviation

Marines pride themselves on being willing to take the fight to the enemy in any clime and place, but will never complain about getting a lift. Since the introduction of helicopter squadrons in military operations, Marines have been able to go farther and faster to protect America’s interests. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-165 is one such… Read more »

Source: USMC, 20-Jul-15

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Northrop Grumman to Provide Mission Computer for USMC H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman to Provide Mission Computer for USMC H-1 upgrades

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) was recently awarded a contract from Naval Air Systems Command to deliver its next-generation mission computer for Lot 12 of the Marine Corps’ H-1 helicopter upgrade program. Under this contract, Northrop Grumman will provide FlightPro™ Gen III mission computers for the UH-1Y and AH‑1Z aircraft. These aircraft are expected to… Read more »

Source: Northrop Grumman, 10-Jul-15

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Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $10M modification for MV-22 aux fuel contract

Robertson Fuel Systems awarded $10M modification for MV-22 aux fuel contract

Robertson Fuel Systems, LLC, Tempe, Arizona, is being awarded a $10,002,302 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N00019-12-C-0097) to exercise an option for the procurement of one Mission Auxiliary Fuel Tank Systems (MATS); 11 MATS middle accessory hardware packages; and four MATS rapid ground refueling forward tank packages for the MV-22 Osprey aircraft. Work… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-Jun-15

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Sikorsky reassures US Marine Corps of CH-53K future post-sale

Sikorsky reassures US Marine Corps of CH-53K future post-sale

Sikorsky Aircraft has assured the U.S. Marine Corps that a change in its ownership will not derail its work on the CH-53K, a new heavy-lift helicopter the company is building for the Marines, the top Marine in charge of aviation told Reuters. See Full Story.

Source: Reuters, 18-Jun-15

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V-22 makes first landing on Dutch warship

V-22 makes first landing on Dutch warship

Spirits ran high aboard the Karel Doorman, a warship with the Royal Netherlands Navy, as U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 made the first MV-22 Osprey landing aboard a Dutch ship during an interoperability test conducted near Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, June 12. “What we normally do is support… Read more »

Source: USMC, 17-Jun-15

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Bell/Boeing awarded $38M delivery order for V-22 parts

Bell/Boeing awarded $38M delivery order for V-22 parts

Bell/Boeing Joint Program Office, California, Maryland, is being awarded a $38,453,181 modification to delivery order 0006 under previously awarded contract (N00019-09-D-0008) for various repair parts for the V-22 aircraft. Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas (80 percent); and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania (20 percent), and work will be completed by December 2017. Fiscal 2015… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 29-May-15

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HAI wants urgent action to potect Veterans access to flight training

HAI wants urgent action to potect Veterans access to flight training

On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Rep. Brad Wenstrop (R-Ohio) plans to sneak into a larger bill an amendment that would severely limit veterans’ funding for flight-training degree programs. Show your support for our veterans: contact the heads of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee TODAY to prevent the inclusion of amendments that restrict GI benefits for flight training…. Read more »

Source: HAI, 20-May-15

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III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific

III Marine Expeditionary Force / Marine Corps Installations Pacific

OKINAWA, Japan – As of May 13, 8:35pm, Japanese Standard Time, the search for six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese service members aboard the missing UH-1Y Huey continues. Two UH-1Y Hueys with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469, and two MV-22B Ospreys from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 262, flew nine sorties and approximately 21 flight… Read more »

Source: USMC, 14-May-15

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11-May-15 Bell AH-1W South Gate, US-California

Emergency landing Monday in the bed of the Los Angeles River near South Gate due to electrical problem.  No injuries to 2 POB or damage to the helicopter.  Military registration not known, but carries squadron code 423 by the nose

11-May-15

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K-Max flies first ever collaborative unmanned casualty evacuation

K-Max flies first ever collaborative unmanned casualty evacuation

Dangerous frontline operations call for a safe and efficient method to locate and evacuate wounded personnel. To address this critical need and help save lives, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Kaman Aerospace (NYSE: KAMN), and Neya Systems demonstrated the first ever collaborative unmanned air and ground casualty evacuation using the unmanned aerial system (UAS) Control Segment… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 30-Apr-15

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Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $7.5M delivery order for V-22 constant frequency generator

Hamilton Sundstrand awarded $7.5M delivery order for V-22 constant frequency generator

Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Rockford, Illinois, is being awarded $7,573,995 for firm-fixed-price delivery order 7009 against previously awarded contract (N00383-12-D-001N) for the repair of the V-22 Osprey aircraft constant frequency generator. Work will be performed in Rockford, Illinois, and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 30, 2016. Fiscal 2015 working capital (Navy) funds in… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 21-Apr-15

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Hensel Phelps Construction awarded $62M contract for MV-22 hangar facility in Hawaii

Hensel Phelps Construction awarded $62M contract for MV-22 hangar facility in Hawaii

Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Honolulu, Hawaii, is being awarded a $62,493,027 firm-fixed-price contract for the construction of a hangar, parking apron, and taxiway to support one MV-22 squadron at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The multi-story modified aircraft maintenance hangar will provide a weather protected shelter for inspection, service and maintenance. The high bay aircraft… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky awarded $480M weapons contract

Sikorsky Aircraft CorporationCorp., Stratford, Connecticut, has been awarded a maximum $480,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for spare parts that will be used in various weapon system platforms, including the H-53 and H-60 platforms. Estimated value cited is based on demand quantities for the life of the contract. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a five-year… Read more »

Source: US DoD, 19-Apr-15

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15-Apr-15 Sikorsky CH-53E Solana Beach, US-California

Emergency landing on public beach after reported oil leak

15-Apr-15

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VMM-163 CO goes out with large scale training op

VMM-163 CO goes out with large scale training op

Nearly two years ago, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 conducted a large-scale division flight to test their efficiency, readiness, and capabilities. Today, the squadron flawlessly executed the same flight, symbolizing continuity in light of the changing winds. Lt. Col. Jason Holden, commanding officer of VMM-163, and a Woodbridge, Virginia, native, will relinquish command of… Read more »

Source: USMC, 14-Apr-15

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Ospreys Land On Korean Amphibious Assault Ship

Ospreys Land On Korean Amphibious Assault Ship

A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft made its first ever landing on the flight deck of a Republic of Korea Navy amphibious assault ship off the coast of the Korean peninsula, March 26, 2015. The Osprey departed from the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) nearby and landed on the ROK ship Dokdo (LPH-6111)…. Read more »

Source: Marines, 01-Apr-15

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2nd MAW Marines earn Marine, NCO of the Year honors

2nd MAW Marines earn Marine, NCO of the Year honors

Two 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing non commissioned officers were recognized for their outstanding performance during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, March 20, 2015. Major Gen. William Beydler, the commanding general of II Marine Expeditionary Force, recognized Cpl. Anthony Novelly as the 2014 II MEF Marine of the Year and… Read more »

Source: USMC, 01-Apr-15

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Heavy Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302 receives new home

Heavy Marine Helicopter Training Squadron 302 receives new home

Base and station leaders gathered to observe the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 Hangar aboard Marine Corps Air Station New River Friday. The hangar was designed to allow the air station to better support training and operational squadrons. “With a plan in place to relocate multiple squadrons from Marine… Read more »

Source: USMC, 01-Apr-15

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HMH-366 Marine earns the Danny L. Radish award for 2014

HMH-366 Marine earns the Danny L. Radish award for 2014

A Marine with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., was awarded the Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year Award for 2014. The Enlisted Aircrewman of the Year Award was established in honor of Master Gunnery Sgt. Danny L. Radish, who served in Marine aviation with… Read more »

Source: USMC, 26-Mar-15

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International Representatives View CH-53K Helicopter

International Representatives View CH-53K Helicopter

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), recently hosted more than two dozen guests, including delegates from NATO’s Joint Capability Group Vertical Lift (JCGVL), for an up close look at the U.S. Marine Corps’ CH-53K heavy lift helicopter. The group toured Sikorsky’s Florida Assembly & Flight Operations Center where they were… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 24-Mar-15

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12-Mar-15 Boeing V-22 Futenma, Japan

Aluminum part about 20.3 centimeters long and 7.6 centimeters wide, weighing about 164 grams, fell from aircraft in flight.  US military reportedly took four days to advise local Japanese authorities

12-Mar-15

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V-22 included as USMC demo capabilities to Malaysian military

V-22 included as USMC demo capabilities to Malaysian military

Members of the Malaysian armed forces, alongside Malaysian and U.S. government officials, observed a theater security cooperation event with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit here Feb. 27. The amphibious air-ground demonstration provided an opportunity for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and MAF to build relationships and pave the way for future exercises in Malaysia. … Read more »

Source: USMC, 01-Mar-15

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